January 8 - February 2, 2013
The 12th Annual Art Inter/National Exhibition... here and abroad
Juried, Group Exhibition
Public Reception: Saturday, January 12th: 5 - 8pm
Inspired by the prestigious Carnegie International, Box Heart's Art Inter/National... here and abroad exhibition began in 2002 by exploring how environment impacts the artistic process and influences what each artist creates. Now in its 12th year, the tradition of this exhibition continues to expand on its general concept by exposing the methods artists use to pursue their identity and interpret the invisible realms that reside within their subconscious.
For example, in her reoccurring role as a suited man digitally inserted into a miniature world, American video artist Mary Coyle allows for the re-invention of self through stereotypes. The self is re-invented with the notion that the space one occupies signifies who they are. Issues of identity and gender are brought into question. Coyle explains, “A space can make or break someone; it can define and undefine.”
Diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, American painter Heather Kanazawa often feels as if she is "smothered, overcome with an overwhelming feeling of inferiority to her environment." Through painting, Kanazawa can establish her own structured space in the midst of her feelings of chaos and confusion. She creates dynamic interactions in her works that serve as symbols of hope and her dream of escaping from the external forces of environment.
For Turkish artist Baris Yilmaz, color refers to a dimension along which something can vary and color is a value of that dimension. As a painter, Yilmaz is the conductor of color to surface. What results from his exploration process is an uncertainty that constantly moves between our visible, earthly world and the world we cannot see.
Latvian-born Inguna Gremzde's artwork clashes rural countrysides with urban greed and commodity. Her miniature landscapes painted in plastic bottle caps are delicate microcosms; a London sky, a field in France, a meadow in Latvia, that not only offer a close examination of our surrounding world but also reference the shrinking space of untouched nature.
We thank all the artists that took the time to submit their artwork to our 12th Annual Art Inter/National Exhibition. Over 550 entries, from regional, national, and international artists, were received for consideration this year. Of these entries, 20 artists were selected for participation and 24 works of art in a variety of media will be exhibited!